In Presentation Mentor’s online course, you'll learn techniques for mastering public speaking. Many of those originated from the book Rhetorica ad Herennium, where the anonymous author names 5 key principles that we call the canons of rhetoric: invention, style, arrangement, delivery, and memory. … [Read more...] about Improving Your Memory
Humans have the incredible ability to form accurate first impressions about someone based on just a few seconds of interaction. Stanford researchers Nalini Ambady and Robert Rosenthal call this concept “thin-slicing,” and their research backs up any old adage you’ve heard about the importance of … [Read more...] about Making a Great First Impression
You can’t have a great presentation without great preparation. Your success as a speaker directly correlates to the work you do ahead of time. I often tell my students that research and content development is like fishing with a casting net. You want to throw out the biggest net, so you can pull in … [Read more...] about How to Edit Your Presentation Content More Thoughtfully
We may call them lecturns or podiums or stands. Whatever you call them, there are many differing ideas on whether or not speakers should stand behind a lecturn. I generally remind speakers that whatever comes between you and the audience, comes between you and the audience. It’s essentially a … [Read more...] about Should I Speak Behind a Lecturn?
There’s a crucial step I use for every presentation and speech I ever give. I call it “the simmer.” In cooking, this term means to reduce the temperature and let whatever you are preparing wait awhile. It will usually reduce the volume and thicken whatever is in the pot. It’s a slow process, but one … [Read more...] about For Better Content, Let It Simmer
Stories are one of the most powerful forms of human connection and communication. Think about how stories are woven all throughout our lives, from the bedtime stories we are told as children, to the stories we can’t wait to share with a close friend, to the stories we will one day pass along to our … [Read more...] about 3 Ways to Use Stories in Your Next Presentation
Once upon a time, I was a radio DJ in the Chicago market. I initially thought voice talent would be my life’s work, but I found after about three years on the radio, I longed for a form of communication that was a bit more interactive. So I left the studio, and I carried the vocal lessons I learned … [Read more...] about Exploring Your Vocal Pitch
Public speaking is consistently ranked among our top fears. In fact, Gallup Polls say somewhere around 40-45% of people report a fear of speaking in public. And even if you aren’t someone who professes a true “fear,” you probably have some degree of nervousness when you stand up to present in front … [Read more...] about The Science Behind Your Public Speaking Fear